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KEEPING TRACK: Justin M. Kim, left, and Michael W. Lai designed an app to help health care workers track their emotional and mental wellness. / COURTESY CRESS HEALTH

New app focuses on mental wellness of health care workers

Justin M. Kim and Michael W. Lai were in the process of developing an app that allowed users to log their most intimate mental...
COLLECTOR: Lazy Dog Antiquities owner Karen Amann finds most of her wares in yard sales, online auctions and on Facebook Marketplace.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

New shop in Providence offers affordable antiques

Refurbished desks, chairs and home accessories are finding new life thanks to Lazy Dog Antiquities, an antique store that opened in June just off...
POOCH PASSION: Former graphic designer Aldo Abreu, left, now uses his expertise to groom pets after opening Chibi’s Choice Pet Grooming & Supply in East Providence with his wife, Megan, right. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Abreu combines passions for design and canines with new dog-grooming business

Aldo Abreu loves all things design and dogs. So, when the former graphic designer moved from his native Dominican Republic to Rhode Island seven years...
PROVIDING ANSWERS: Kate Naranjo launched the Bird & Bee startup last year to help women better understand their body when it comes to fertility, hormonal, postpartum and overall health.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Women’s health coaching service empowering clients

Kate Naranjo was going through her own challenges with women’s and reproductive health and didn’t feel as though she was getting the support she...

Romney finds perfect fit applying structure to reading and writing

A love of structure and writing have combined in a new business, The Write Hand LLC. Owner Leticia Romney, a West Warwick resident, said...
MEANINGFUL GIFTS: Giving Beyond the Box owner Sandra Enos assembles a themed gift box with items from social enterprises. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Holiday pop-up markets inspire retired professor to start new biz with...

At 71 years old, Sandra Enos thought her working days were over. But just months after she retired from her job as a Bryant University...
PERSONAL TOUCH: Diana Perkins created the LapSnap, a waterproof canvas bag, to allow wheelchair users to carry items when they go grocery shopping. She learned to sew so she could stitch 10 prototypes to send to test users. / COURTESY INCLUDESIGN LLC

Brown engineering student creates LapSnap to assist wheelchair users with shopping

After Diana Perkins took an inspiring course on disability justice at Brown University, the engineering student found that many wheelchair users had a difficult...
COFFEE BREAK: Kerri Gaffett, owner of Block Island Coffee, takes a break from her psychotherapy business to show off one of her blends at her North Kingstown storefront. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Gaffett brewing up success on Block Island

A career in coffee wasn’t what Kerri Gaffett planned as she sailed around the world with her then-husband and young children, sampling different coffees...
FRESH START: Longtime financial consultant Elaine Dickson, principal owner and CEO of Mavenly Consultants LLC, launched the strategy, financial services and bookkeeping firm in Cumberland in July. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Clients adding up quickly for Mavenly Consultants

Elaine Dickson grew up wanting to be a journalist. But when her family immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica just before she started college,...
GETTING CREATIVE: Bloom Collective LLC owners Heather Wolfenden, left, and Savannah Barkley hope to support small businesses while filling vacant storefronts with pop-up shops.  / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Duo looks to fill empty storefronts with pop-up shops

Vintage clothing vendors Savannah Barkley and Heather Wolfenden know many of their peers haven’t been able to catch up since the beginning of the...

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